|Project by joegard||posted 08-21-2016 04:03 AM||521 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
A couple of my dear friends recently got married and bought a new house together so this seemed like the ideal time to make that basket weave cutting board I’d been thinking about. He is a Texas A&M ‘aggie’ so i chose purple heart as the field and contrasted it with some maple and thin walnut strips. Unfortunately the only walnut i had in the shop had slot of sap wood, and at the time i figured it would be ok, but next time i’ll definitely use the darker heart wood for better contrast.
I laid everything out so that i would only have 2 different lengths to make cutting them easier. I didn’t take any pictures of the setup, but i carefully put two stop blocks against the table saw fence that would give me the two lengths required. I kept careful note of the maple pieces so i would have a mostly continuous grain pattern and I’m pleased with the effect. I probably could have removed the ‘hidden’ sections for a better grain match, but i’m not sure in the end it would have added that much to the effect.
Despite all my careful measurements, when I dry fit everything together i found some variations and had to adjust a couple pieces to get everything to fit together nice and tight. I’m still not sure what happened but with a little patience i got everything to fit nicely.
This is my first ‘fancy’ cutting board and i’m very happy with the way it turned out and my friends are ecstatic to have it in their new house.